Barnstaple win despite bout of yellow-card fever
BARNSTAPLE had three players sin-binned but held out under pressure to beat Amersham 19-7 at Pottington Road in National Three South West on Saturday.
It was all penalties in the first half with newcomer Matt Down landing a couple to put Barum 6-0 up. Down kicked a third penalty in the second half for a 9-0 lead. Thirteen minutes from time, skipper Winston James went over and at 14-0 it looked all over.
The cardings started when Jon Down was binned and Amersham scored a try and converted from the next play.
Barum replied with Luke Berry going in for a corner try and a 19-7 lead.
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Then it got a bit more fractious. Firstly, Barum lock Tom Skelding and opposite number Jono Bradbury were yellow-carded for fighting.
Then skipper James made the mistake of getting involved, earning himself a yellow card. To make matters worse tempers flared on the way to the sin-bin as James had to be helped away from an Amersham replacement.
Brixham coach Dan Parkes is not sounding the alarm bell yet despite a 30-10 defeat by visiting Redingensians. It all went wrong for Brixham either side of half time as they went from 10-6 up to 20-10 down.
"Despite the result, I don't think we are that far away from winning games like this," said Parkes. "There is no lack of effort on our part and in the first half we were going along pretty well. What we seemed to do was run out of ideas after we had run through a few phases of play."
The Fishermen went ahead on 14 minutes when Ben Lovell converted a Jarryd Harris try, wiping out an early Redingensians penalty. A Lovell penalty on 32 minutes was the last time the home half of the scoreboard moved.
Newton Abbot were defeated 52-25 at Lydney and know exactly where it all went wrong.
"For the first 40 minutes we just about matched them – it was 25-20 at half time – then we lost the game in a minute," said director of rugby Roy Henderson.
"Dan Williams and Kyle Marriott were sin-binned in separate incidents and in the time we were down to 13 men Lydney scored four tries.
"We scored one as well – quite and achievement when you have seven in the pack and one missing outside – and despite what it looks like we weren't all doom and gloom on the way home. We scored four tries away to the early leaders."
Luke Smith bagged two tries with one each for Lawrence May and Kyle Browne.